College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences

Graduate programs in the College of Humanities, Education and Social Science (CHESS) enable students to complete formal degrees, prepare for doctoral programs, study for professions, or continue lifelong learning. To prepare students for rewarding work or advancement in their fields, the college offers courses in the traditional arts, education disciplines and sciences as well as in emerging professional and technical areas.

Our graduate students thrive on the intellectual energy and cultural diversity that are hallmarks of Roosevelt. They develop close-knit relationships with the faculty and their peers to support each other’s passions and interests.

The graduate community is naturally curious about each other’s pursuits and respectful of each other’s differences. It is a collaborative, welcoming community where faculty and students openly share ideas and grow intellectually and personally.

Program Admission

Prospective students should apply for admission through Roosevelt University’s online application portal. Each graduate program in the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences has its own screening procedures and requirements for admission. Further information is available on the program webpages or by contacting the Office of Graduate Admission at


All graduate students who have been absent for three consecutive semesters (excluding the summer) must submit a Readmission Application (available online) to the Office of the Registrar and contact a graduate admission counselor for readmission to the college program.

Program Completion

Masters programs require completion within six years (ten years for doctoral programs) unless an exception is formally approved by the specific program.  Students must petition for a degree-completion extension for continuation.  

Policies and Procedures

Please consult the Academic Policies section of the Graduate Academic Catalog for many university policies and procedures. Furthermore, individual programs offer programmatic policies and procedures important for graduate students, such as program-specific information related to transfer credit, internship, and minimum standards. Contact the Program Director for more information about a specific graduate program.